Ribbons, And Paper, And Glitter, OH MY! 2012 Winter CHA Highlights

Last week, I had the privilege of going to my very first CHA Trade Show.  I have always "watched from the sidelines" as other craft bloggers and companies reported from CHA...and I have ALWAYS wanted to go and be a part of the action.  A couple of years ago, my friend Breanne and I went to the CHA Super Show and had a blast.  I was thrilled to go to the CHA Trade Show and see (and touch) all of the newest products in the paper crafting industry.

I have put together some highlights from my trip.  I wanted to show some of the great paper lines, crafting products and tools that I saw while in Anaheim.  I'll comment on the photos in the collages below by working left to right, top to bottom (just like you would read a book).

Konichiwa from Basic Grey (Asian themes and those cute little Asian girls were showing up all over the show).  I also found a couple of great paper companies that I have never heard of before.  Glimpses by Signify Pink makes some fabulous paper and party supplies.  I also loved the Asian themed line by Grant Studios...actually, on second thought, I loved all of the paper by Grant Studios.  The final picture in this collage is an adorable little doll, collaged with the Konichiwa papers by Basic Grey.

These projects were all at the Lifestyle Crafts booth....and were all made by me!  I can't believe that my projects were on display at one of the largest crafting industry events in the world!  WOW!  If you haven't seen all of the new products released for CHA by Lifestyle Crafts, you can check them out here.  FABULOUS new products.  (Use promo code GLITTER at Lifestyle Crafts' website to get 20% off your order!) 


One of the best parts about CHA is the opportunity to see all the products that you hear about (and see online) in person.  I was really impressed by the Pow Glitter Paper by American Crafts.  The glitter really doesn't come off...and it doesn't feel like traditional glitter...but has all the shine you could ever ask for.  I'm also excited to try the new Glitter Dust...coming soon to a store near you!  This spray adds some shimmer to your paper projects (well...actually any project) without warping.  Can't wait to get my hands on some!  I also stopped by the Copic booth and got some tips on Copic coloring.  It really was easier than I could have imagined, and I can't wait to have some of these fabulous markers in my stash.  I mean, who doesn't love to color?  I was also impressed by WOW Glitter Embossing Powder.  Did I mention I like things with glitter?  Especially when the glitter sticks on the project and not my skin!

The Cricut booth had some fabulous projects on display!  And Vanna White made an appearance for Lion Brand yarns.  I also saw Tori Spelling debuting her new jewelry line.  I fell head over heals for some of Lawn Fawn's stamps....LOVE those chevron pattern stamps!  And would you look at that paper collection by Heidi Swapp?  Can you say FABULOUS?



I saw this new little gadget by Imaginisce.  I wonder if it actually works.  It cuts and seal ribbon at the same time, preventing it from fraying.  Genius idea...if it actually works.  I'll have to test it out.  I may be too impatient to wait for something to warm up just to cut a piece of ribbon.


I also met the so super sweet Kami.  She also designs for Lifestyle Crafts.  I've been admiring her from afar for so long.  She is super talented!


My final bit from CHA...and the best advice I could give ANY future attendees.... BEWARE OF THE ROLLING SUITCASES!  Seriously, these things are everywhere...and they are dangerous!  But, I wish I would have had a rolling tote of some sort.  My bag was very heavy by the end of the day!

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